Burstall Pass Trail

MODERATE 34 reviews

Burstall Pass Trail is a 16.6 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kovach, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
16.6 km
ELEVATION GAIN
783 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

hiking
1 day ago

This was day 2 of our loop.

We started at Mount shark, stayed overnight at Burstall Campground (US18) then climbed over the pass the next day to reach the Burstall Pass parking area.

Burstall is a nice campground and easy to find, It is well signed when coming via Palisser Pass.
At this time of the year (late august) it is quite dry and very cold at night (possibly around 0° C)

I downloaded a GPX of the trail from All trails and BEWARE it was not accurate.
This must have been an old trail on the map. At some point we thought for sure we were going in the wrong direction as we were gaining elevation. But we kept following the trail and reached the top as we were supposed to.

The climb from Burstall is a strenuous one but quite rewarding with great views of the valley below.
I highly recommend.

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15 days ago

Pretty trail. Flowers and valley views top notch. Go a bit further to see Leman lake and have lunch overlooking the panorama below.

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16 days ago

Awesome day...would give it a 5 star but that is reserved for Tent Ridge...Helen Lake...fun adventure trying to make our way through the marshland

22 days ago

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23 days ago

Beautiful hike, medium level, 3 stages of climbing hill for the Top.

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27 days ago

gorgeous views

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29 days ago

1 month ago

Hiking trail doubles as a biking trail for the first while, so its nice and wide. You'll get your feet wet trekking across the first valley, very refreshing on the way back down. Bring some flip flops! First climb opens to another valley with great views. Last ascent is tougher than the first with little tree coverage. Overall a great trail!

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Fun hike, lots of variety. Terrain was not super challenging but not too easy either. There was no snow blocking the trail on the final ascent to the top and the view up there was awesome.

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1 month ago

Beautiful hike with my 7 year old through woods, with wild flowers, birds and stunning scenery. Crossing the creeks upstream of the lakes took a bit of figuring out and one Crossing needed us to paddle through. Made it to the high meadow before the final assent. Other hikers reported snow pack and icy conditions just below the pass.

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